175 Platinum Passes awarded

175 Platinum Passes awarded

Taco de Goede

Netherlands

Platinum Madness

Originally from Amsterdam, Taco de Goede moved to Malta aged 19 and set himself up among the online grinders on the Mediterranean island, where he has lived for the past seven years. Playing as “Haarlem91” on PokerStars, De Goede has a string of decent results online and occasionally plays live too, including when the EPT came to Malta a few years ago. Away from the tables, he likes to go to the gym every day and hang out on the beach — another area in which Malta has it over Amsterdam. Like many players at the PSPC, the €25,000 buy-in will make it the richest tournament of De Goede’s career but, having won his Platinum Pass in the Platinum Madness promotion, he has nothing to lose and nothing to fear.